The Regions of Germany: A Reference Guide to History and Culture

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005 - History - 290 pages
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This is a timely and unique overview of the 16 diverse federal states that make up the reunified Germany. The essential data for each state is provided in this easy-to-use reference. The demographics, geography, history, recent politics, economy, architecture, and noteworthy sites, people and culture, memorial sites, and traditional cuisine are surveyed in turn. This is an invaluable resource for students studying German and Germany, travelers, and teachers.

A clear introduction explains the new Germany in historical and regional context. It has been claimed that Germany is a post-national society, but regions are still a primary basis of identity for many Germans and one of the main references points in daily life and politics. Part of Germany's reconstruction came through re-creation and identification with historically remolded regions. This work offers a needed summary of the results thus far.

 

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Landeskunde , a German word for regional studies, connotes an area's geography, history, customs, and cuisine--among other aspects--and accurately describes the subject matter of this unique reference ... Read full review

Contents

BadenWurttemberg
1
Bavaria
17
Berlin
39
Brandenburg
57
Bremen
73
Hamburg
85
Hesse
95
Lower Saxony
111
Saarland
185
Saxony
193
SaxonyAnhalt
211
SchleswigHolstein
223
Thuringia
235
Glossary
251
Chronology
253
Selected Bibliography
261

Macklenburg Western Pomerania
131
North RhineWestphalia
147
RhinelaridPalatinate
173

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Dieter K. Buse is Professor of History at Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, and the coauthor of Modern Germany: An Encyclopedia of History, People and Cultures, 1871-1990 (1998), among other works.

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